Skip To Main Content

Welcome to Finley Elementary School

In 1957, the doors of Finley Elementary School first swung open, welcoming eager young minds into its halls. For over two decades, it stood as a beacon of education in Orange County, nurturing the minds and hearts of its students. However, in 1979, a chapter in its history came to a close as the school faced closure. Little did anyone know that this was not the end, but merely a pause in the incredible journey of this institution.

In 1991, with determination and vision, Finley Elementary School rose from the ashes and was reestablished, breathing new life into its corridors. Once again, it opened its doors to students, their families, and the community, committed to providing a world-class education.

Since its revival, Finley Elementary has been on a mission to serve and shape the future of approximately 350 students from Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade. With a deep passion for technology and innovation, the school proudly holds the title of being Orange County's first Computer Science Magnet School. Embracing the importance of challenging students' minds and catering to their unique needs, Finley Elementary offers GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies.

The school's philosophy is centered around fostering a positive and nurturing environment, which has led them to adopt the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) approach. Encouraging positive behavior, empathy, and understanding, this initiative has undoubtedly contributed to the success of the students and the overall school community.

At Finley Elementary, we believe in celebrating accomplishments and nurturing talents beyond academics. The school boasts a vibrant choir, which adds a melodic charm to various events and occasions. They also believe in empowering their students, recognizing their leadership potential, and providing opportunities for them to grow as leaders through various student leadership programs.

The hard work and dedication of the students, staff, and faculty at Finley Elementary have not gone unnoticed. Their commitment to excellence has been acknowledged through numerous prestigious awards. Among them, the school has been honored with the Pivotal Practice Award, recognizing their innovative and influential teaching methods. The Gold Ribbon Award is a testament to their commitment to high academic standards and student success. The PBIS Award exemplifies their dedication to positive behavior management, creating a safe and encouraging environment. The Title I Achievement Award recognizes the school's efforts in supporting disadvantaged students and promoting educational equity.

Throughout its storied history, Finley Elementary has remained a symbol of resilience, adaptability, and dedication to academic excellence and holistic growth. The school's core values, encapsulated by P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy), permeate every aspect of school life, guiding students to become responsible and compassionate citizens of the world.

As Finley Elementary School continues to mold future generations, it stands as a testament to the power of education, determination, and the unyielding spirit of a community that believes in the transformative power of learning. With each passing year, the legacy of Finley Elementary grows stronger, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who have had the privilege of being part of this exceptional educational institution.